DalzAle (1843) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Hazy orange brown pour, an abundance of carbonation and an aroma of homebrewing woody hop pellets. Flavor is also pretty one dimensional, bitter herbal hops and boozy on the finish. Not bad, but overpriced. Try it once if youíre curious, but after that Iím guessing youíll be like me and rather spend your $15 on a better American imperial IPA.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 37,5 cl. Courtesy of joergen. Pours a cloudy and opaque amber with a dense yellowish head leaving massive lacings. Aroma is massively hoppy, intense and juicy with no single hop standing out. Body is quite solid, caramel and overripe fruit again with a massive hop overdose making this somewhat herbal. The bitterness is there indeed, but not as extreme as you would expect. Works excellent as a palate cleanser with fat foods. 020510
popery (1215) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
1000 IBU pours fire brick red/carnelian with a big thick ecru-colored head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a smŲrgŚsbord of hop flavors: floral, pine resin, candied oranges, spruce, grapefruit rind, marijuana, grass, crushed leaves - leaving hops - caramel, bread, malt extract. That said, itís not nearly as strong of an aroma as I was expecting and this is the biggest fault that separates it from the heights of the style. The flavor loses nearly all of the malt flavor and just hits with a huge pine resin bitterness. This isnít the bitterest hop bomb Iíve ever tried, but it has the longest bitter hop finish. Thereís some sense of malt sweetness, but itís hard to appreciate as my palate takes refuge from the ceaseless onslaught of hops. A good five minutes after my last sip, it still feels like my mouth is full of resiny essential oils squeezed from pine needles and grapefruit pith. Mouthfeel is about medium and I would actually prefer it a bit thicker.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 fl oz bottle with cork, wrapped in paper. Obviously a brew made by hopheads for hopheads, and my rating reflects the opinions of a die-hard hophead. In the glass itís a nearly opaque amber-orange with a small but long-lasting head. The aroma is what I imagine heaven might smell like -- pine trees, wildflowers, exotic fruits, and potent herbs. The flavor is a symphony of hoppy goodness. It starts bitter-sweet, moves into a deceptive moment of malt sweetness, and finishes with intense bitterness. Itís amazing how the flavors unfold after each sip as the copious hops resins reveal their multi-faceted characters in quick succession. This brew compares favorably with the double IPAs from Moylanís, Alesmith, and Great Divide. Definitely worth seeking out.
Chalsk (966) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an amber brown haze with an off-white foam head. Has a very pine aroma with hints of grapefruit and caramel. What a hop bomb. Sweet and creamy up front, nice harsh hop hit on the back. If you like a resiny hop bomb, this is a must try. Love it and canít wait to get more.
kappldav123 (4292) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - APR 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to yespr for this one The bottle looks very, very good, the beer in the glass also. Amber-coloured, huge head. Starts complex-hoppy, bitter from the beginning, but not as much as I exspected. Also some fruity-spicy notes, some lemon. Finish drier, almost a bit dusty. Bitter notes remain on the tongue. Very interesting beer!
italianjohn (2149) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber pour off white head ... citrusy smack of hops with a light caramel malt in the aroma .... light lacing ... taste of light caramel/bready malts and a hop assault ... citrusy bitter hop taste and finish can detect a little bit of the abv in it .... a well done double ipa and one of the more bitter beers thats for sure .... its nice to see a foreign company writing AMERICAN style ipa on the label
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle purchased at Papago and consumed the day the shipment arrived. Awesome packaging. LIVE RATE! Pours a rich amber hue with a creamy beige head of foam that leaves plenty of lacing. Smells of leathery hops -- giddyup. Tastes of bitter hops at the front of the palate followed by chewy caramel on the mid and chalky cocoa on the finish. Pleasant traces of alcohol and malt remain after the finish. Boss.
dionysus (1443) - Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours beautiful murky copper-brown with a dense khaki head that leaves tons of lacing. Aroma is heavy citrus and light stone fruit with grapefruit, lime, peach, sweat, and pine all beating down a caramel backbone. At first the sweat is a little much but it either grew on me, or blew off after breathing for a little while. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of orange peel and apricots. Overall body is oily, moderate to heavy sweet, and finishes on a heavy bitter note. It is extremely well balanced and the alcohol is hardly even noticeable. I must say I have a slight fondness for Mikkeller beers, and this is a perfect example of why.
beerisgoodforu (992) - NÝrresundby, DENMARK - APR 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2012 Bottle. Been wanting to try this beer for a while, to see what all the fuzz was about. It sure didnít disappoint! Poured a nice cloudy dark copper amber color almost brown, with a ton of yeast floaties. The head is beige, huge and fluffy, and it left some awsome lacing! Aroma is very hoppy with a ton of juicy grapefruit hops, pine, floral and some sweet malty notes. Flavor is again really hoppy, innitial sip gives you a ton of juicy grapefruit, which then goes in to a very piney flavor. I also get notes of floral hops, caramel and sweet malts. The alcohol is just barely traceable. It is very balanced actually, which i didnít expect because of the abundance of hops. The body is medium to full, with a very dry mouthfeel. Overall a really good DIPA, that didnít let me disappoint me in any way! This really shows us the awsomeness that is Mikkeller!